Tuesday, June 16, 2015

First Year in Review

With my time as a freshman ending, I thought it was time to reflect on my first year attending the greatest university in the world...am I biased? No way! 
When I first arrived in Austin I was going through the rush {sororities} and it was not the best experience for me. So moving in while simultaneously not having good days was not ideal. Then my parents had to leave, during my emotional state after dropping out of rush, and I was not sure how being alone in a new state was going to go.
Thankfully it went extremely well and since that bad experience I have hundreds {seriously there is one every day} of good ones. 
Freshman year is a year of new experiences, learning to cope without your family, and starting over from scratch {again you are the smallest fish in the HUGE pond}. 
I was really worried I would not fit in, or that I would not make any new friends, but thankfully it all worked out. One memory will always stick with me, because I made one of my best friends from the experience. It was my first night in the dorm with my roommate Devi and we decided to go to a game night in our dorm. I was still a little shaken up about my sorority dreams being crushed and she was trying to perk me up. We ended up playing Twister and a ton of people joined in. After that it was HeadsUp in which we were laughing so hard three more people joined the group because we seemed like we were having such a great time {shout out to Peter}. It was then that I met Barbara and we made plans to go see where our classes were the next day.
I am eternally grateful for that game night. Devi and I bonded, Barbara and I became friends, and I met some amazing people. It goes to show that you do need to put yourself out there. It is one of the biggest pieces of advice I would give to any person entering their freshman year. Go to the stupid events they put on for you and just talk to people. 
College is going to terrify you, if it doesn’t you either one of the toughest people ever or you are lying to yourself. I tried to make it seem like I was not shaking in my {cowboy} boots but I was. Leaving home is scary whether that be for three hours by car or three hours by plane. 
But you will survive, and if you fail at something, anything, just brush yourself off and try again, you have got this. Was it the right decision to pick up and move myself to Austin to attend UT? 
OH HELL YES. Hook ‘Em.
As seen in District Magazine, May.
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  1. Yay! I'm so glad you had a wonderful first year. That sounds like such a fun memory to have about your first year in college. Cherish them! I know it's so cliche to say that it goes by so fast, but it does! College was such an incredible time in my life and I know it's going to be full of so many opportunities, special moments, learning, struggles (but good struggles), friendships and eye-openers. Live it up girl! And I hope you're having a great start to summer!

  2. I had a wonderful freshman year, sounds like you did too! Enjoy every minute of college, because it goes by really quickly! I'm a junior now :)